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What Graeme is currently reading

What Graeme is currently reading I am currently skim reading a few books on future trends and how we can do better at predicting them.  On my shelf as I dip in and out of them are: Nate Silver, The
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What Keith is currently reading

What Keith is  currently reading ‘Future Primal – how our wilderness origins show us the way forward’ by Louis G. Herman His thoughts on the book? A ‘game-changer’. I think this book will become one of the most significant books

Books 4 Leaders 2 Read

A list of 42 books recommended by our team, for leaders who wish to face the future with confidence. Man’s Search for Meaning – Frankl Synchronicity – Joworski Presence – Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski & Flowers The Fifth Discipline – Senge

Humble Inquiry: The art of asking questions and why it’s a crucial leadership discipline

“If you leave today asking more questions than I give you answers, then I will consider today’s session a success” says Dr Graeme Codrington, TomorrowToday’s founding and international partner during his presentation on The TIDES of Change. An important leadership skill

Book review: The Exceptional Speaker

Public speaking is a vital skill for anyone anywhere to master. I do it professionally – and it’s a privilege to do so. But I do realise how daunting and difficult public speaking can be, and I do what I

Inc.com’s Best Business Books picks

I am a big fan of Inc magazine. It’s aimed at “new world of work” entrepreneurs and small businesses, and always has insightful and useful articles. One caught my eye in particular, as it came from Leigh Buchanan, who, amongst
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Blogging the ‘Not So Smart’ Way by Jeff Bullas

I was really looking forward to reading Jeff Bullas’s ‘Blogging the Smart Way’ that I had downloaded. I was sure that there would be some worthwhile insights and some fresh lessons to be learnt. He did a pretty convincing job

‘Mind the Gap’ and all our other books are now available in Kindle

Graeme Codrington’s award winning and best selling book, “Mind the Gap” has just been released in electronic format and is now available in Kindle and other e-pub formats. Graeme’s publisher, Penguin, has finally completed a worldwide deal with Amazon to

Latest book: Navigating Your Career

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Dr Graeme Codrington’s latest book. It is now available for sale in South Africa, and will be available in ebook format and internationally later this year. Navigating Your Career: 5 steps to

Updated edition of ‘Mind the Gap’ available now

Exciting news: My best-selling book, “Mind the Gap” originally published by Penguin in 2004 has been fully revised and updated and is now available. Buy it from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net. Nearly 25,000 copies of the book have already been

Great questions about your self education and development

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure

Books every leader should read

In the TomorrowToday UK team’s ezine newsletter last Friday, we gave an excellent list of books that leaders should be reading. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? What else would you add

Book Summary: From Strategy to Execution

I was recently sent a summary of a 2008 book, “From Strategy to Execution: Turning Accelerated Global Change into Opportunity” by Daniel Pantaleo and Nirmal Pal (Springer). It is ridiculously expensive, but you can buy it now from Amazon.co.uk or
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Making Strategic Intuition work for you

I met William Duggan in 2008, and had the pleasure of taking him out to dinner while he was on a lecture tour in South Africa. His book, Strategic Intuition is one of the best books on developing strategy –

Results – a hidden gem of a business book

“Results: Keep what’s good, fix what’s wrong, and unlock great performance” by Gary L. Neilson and Bruce A. Pasternack was written in 2005, and never made the best selling big time (buy it at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). A search for

John Kotter on Icebergs, Penguins and 8 steps for leading change

One of the best books around on leading change must be John Kotter’s business novel “Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions” (Buy now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). It’s written as a parable about a group of

When People Reckon It’s OK to Cheat, by Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely, professor, author and behavioural economist, is someone I have found in recent months. His research is fresh and his insights interesting. He is the author of the best selling “Predictably Irrational” (buy now on Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). He

Using Design thinking to create a culture of innovation

Working through some old magazine clippings last week, I found this amazing excerpt from a book that was released just a year ago. It’s by Tim Brown, the CEO of design shop IDEO, and is called “Change by Design” (buy
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The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

One of my personal passions is trying to work out how to help developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their people out of debilitating poverty. I believe it is possible. It is certainly desirable at

Reaching the Tipping Point in the shift from books to e-readers

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The  Tipping Point, explores the idea that products, ideas, values, etc can be tipped, or do tip when certain criteria are ‘activated’. Wikipedia describes a Tipping Point (sociologically) as: In sociology, a tipping point or angle of repose is the event of a

Delivering Happiness delivers new insights into customer experience

Last week I was invited to speak at the Amdocs InTouch conference in Budapest, it was my first trip to Hungry and I’m hoping to visit again soon as it is a truly fantastic city. Whilst there I was able

Resources for parents

At TomorrowToday, we’re focused on helping mainly corporate clients to understand the new world of work. We’re particularly passionate about showing people the importance of inter-personal skills, and helping people change their mindsets about the world, other people and their

Some (more) gems from our archives – valuable reading!

This blog has been running since 2003, and has nearly 2,000 individual entries. At one level it is a living library of the “new world of work”, captured as it emerges around us. I have recently taken some time to

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Read This Book

I’m busy reading my advanced copy of Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh the CEO of the brilliant Zappos. In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million.

Out of the mouths of babes: Authentic leadership doesn’t pretend

A few years ago, my business partner, Keith Coats, wrote a superb little book, “Everything I Know About Leadership I Learnt from the Kids” (it’s officially out of print, but you can still buy new copies from Amazon.co.uk and Kalahari.net).

Some hidden gems from our archives – valuable reading!

This blog has been running since 2003, and has nearly 2,000 individual entries. At one level it is a living library of the “new world of work”, captured as it emerges around us. I have recently taken some time to
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Delivering Happiness… a path to profits, passion and purpose

I’m very excited! I’ve just received two advanced copies of Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) new book called Delivering Happiness. And best news of all I’m giving away a free copy to a member of our blog community. All you

Book review: Orbiting the Giant Hairball

I am becoming increasingly interested in company structures that are trying to use quantum mechanics (as opposed to Newtonian science) as the basis of their design. The simplest versions of these are linked to the concepts of cloud computing and

From the author: IBM’s ‘The Social Factor’

Social media is big news right now, of course, and no company I know of is doing more thinking about the overall business implications than IBM. If I had spare cash lying around, I’d definitely buy IBM shares because the

The challenge of doing business in China

I am a regular reader of Booz Hamilton & Co’s newsletter, S+B (Strategy + Business). I’d highly recommend you sign up for it – here. In their latest edition, their lead article was titled “The China Challenge” and presents an

Book Review – Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Chris Anderson is the editor of Wired, one of my favourite magazines. He has written two great books based on HBR articles. The first was “The Long Tail” – an awesome concept (Google it). Now, he has offered us another
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S+B’s Best Business Books of 2009

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If
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S+B's Best Business Books of 2009

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If

Book review: Upstarts

I was sent the following book review from a trusted friend. I have not read the book yet, but have it on order, and trust the guy who sent me the review. It looks like a good read… Upstarts!: How

Good to Great… to Gone!

Jim Collins got it wrong. Not totally wrong, but wrong enough that we need to be careful (as always) about who we listen to when designing companies for future success. Too often, leaders take a shortcut and blindly apply models

Marcus Buckingham takes aim at women

The guy is no fool. Marcus Buckingham, author and strengths uber-guru, knows what he is doing. He first shot to prominence with a series of books about personal strengths. I think that his book, “Now, Discover Your Strengths” (also sold

How to motivate talented people in tough times – a story from Time Warner

Harvard Business Press is releasing a well timed book called Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down by Sylvia A. Hewlett in October 2009. I’ve been able to gain access to an excerpt from the book which provides
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Jim Collins on why companies fail

Jim Collins, author of the best sellers “Good to Great” (buy at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) and “Built to Last” (buy at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) has now turned his attentions to failed companies (he does have a lot to choose from
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The war for talent is still on – and it's going to get worse

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a
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The war for talent is still on – and it’s going to get worse

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a

The author as performer

The FT (Financial Times) had a great piece recently on how authors are now using the art of dramatic storytelling to enhance the value they add when doing live presentations based on their books. Specifically focusing on Malcolm Gladwell (who

The Meaning of the 21st Century

One of the most important books I have read in the last year is James Martin’s “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (Buy it at Amazon or Kalahari). The subtitle explains: The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. You can hear

Keeping it Simple

Reading Gillian Tett’s excellent book, ‘Fool’s Gold: How unrestrained greed corrupted a dream, shattered global markets and unleashed a catastrophe’ (Little, Brown 2009 – buy it now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) reminded me of a memorable saying of the legendary

Is it wiser to hire people without meeting them?

I’ve just come across a great article from Fast Company. It’s around hiring new people. And we all know that once the economy turns, and business increases, we’re going to need new people. This particular article focuses on how we

Graeme Codrington suggests books on Classic FM

Graeme Codrington was recently interviewed on Classic FM’s “JSE Direct” show. It is a book review show, and Graeme highlighted two books he feels everyone should be reading, if they are interested in tracking key trends that will be shaping
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Learn how to make an impact by writing well

Do you ever write reports, marketing pitches or sales proposals?  Have you ever experienced writer’s block, where you stare at a blank screen and wonder where to start?  I have. I wish I had read ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne
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If you have talent you stand alone – If you have 'talent plus' you stand out

I recently read a book titled ‘Talent is Never Enough’, written by John C. Maxwell (buy it online at Kalahari.net or Amazon.co.uk). In this book the author emphasises the truth that talent is often overrated and frequently misunderstood. A common
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If you have talent you stand alone – If you have ‘talent plus’ you stand out

I recently read a book titled ‘Talent is Never Enough’, written by John C. Maxwell (buy it online at Kalahari.net or Amazon.co.uk). In this book the author emphasises the truth that talent is often overrated and frequently misunderstood. A common

Flexibility can offer alternatives to downsizing

Cali Yost, author of Work+Life, and Fast Company blogger, contends that “using strategic work+life flexibility can help organizations avoid at least some layoffs. Reduced schedules, sabbaticals, telecommuting and flexible scheduling are not just isolated, downsizing tactics. They are part of
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ROWEing business towards success

Picture this: You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn every morning. You can have a lie in. If you don’t feel like commuting into work, don’t. Go shopping, go to the movies, visit a friend or
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Understand behaviour by understanding the brain

Do you have problems managing large groups of people?  I have a solution for you.  Read on. There is limited space in our brains.  Our brains are similar to a Tupperware container  - you can only fit in so much. 
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New Book: Future-Proof Your Child, by Graeme Codrington

Book Launch: Future-proof Your Child by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington Penguin Books is pleased to invite you to the launch of Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington’s Future-proof Your Child, an essential book for 21st-century parents. “Stop the world, I

If something is wrong, why are people not proactive enough to fix it?

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent book.  In fact, it was so good that I read all 267 pages in one sitting. In 1964, a young lady called Kitty Genovese was chased and brutally attacked on a
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Lucy Kellaway

If you’ve picked up a Financial Times, from time to time, you may have been introduced to Lucy Kellaway. I discovered her while wondering around iTunes looking for interesting PodCasts. And interesting is just one tiny word to describe my
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The Next Empire/s

The latest edition of Strategy+Business has a great article on a new book looking at USA, Europe and China. Here is an extract: What can the U.S. do to maintain its competitive position against the E.U. and China? Foreign policy
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Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

I met Tim Keel in Uganda last year, where he and I attended a conference. It was about reconciliation, learning leadership lessons from Africa and about postmodern communities of faith. I spent some time with Tim, and really enjoyed his
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Boomers Turning 60 – coming into their branding prime

Boomers are variously defined as those people born from the mid 1940s to the mid 1960s around the world. Most researchers use the end of the Second World War as a reference point, which means that as of 2006, this
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Retiring the Generation Gap: How Employees Young & Old Can Find Common Ground, by Jennifer Deal

A few years ago, some of the TomorrowToday team attended a workshop by Jennifer Deal. She certainly challenged our thinking. Her contention was that all the focus on generation gaps in the workplace was obscuring the fact that there are

Rethinking Leadership

The more I look, listen, read and learn, to more convinced I am that our approach to leadership education and development needs a major rethink. Rather than focusing on static ’snapshots’ leaders need to learn how to identify patters, articulate
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The Thunderbolt Kid

I don’t know if you ever finish a book and feel like something different has happened? Something different to how you feel after finishing other books? Today I finished “The life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson.

Ten Faces of Innovation

I was recently sent the outline of a book, “The Ten Faces of Innovation”, by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman (Profile, 2005) – buy it online at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net. In our work on “Invitational Innovation“, we have been telling
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Millennial Kids: Too Confident

In our presentation on the different generations, “Mind the Gap“, when we talk about the Millennial Generation (born 1990s and 2000s, or slightly earlier in some countries – USA defines them as born 1984 to 2000), we often say, “they’re

Nature-Deficit Disorder in our children

The title of the book grabbed my attention: “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”. Its by Richard Louv (get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I haven’t read the book, but The Economist magazine quoted it

Green Banking

ICICI Bank has started to become an internationally watched brand, since it was featured in “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” (a book by Prahald, available at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It is one of the largest banks in

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

Just before going on leave I picked up a couple of books to read while I was away. I’ve never read a ‘Noam Chomsky‘ (apparently he’s one of those must read human beings before you die) and found this one,

Don’t Retire, Rewire

5 Steps to fulfilling work that fuels your passion, suits your personality and fills your pocket. By Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners. ISBN 0-02-864228-7 The 5 steps of the Rewire process – a formula we have used successfully with our
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Recommended reading on Talent

The Economist recently had a Survey of Global Talent. It was superb. At the end of the survey, they gave a list of sources and recommended reading. Here it is for your reference purposes (PS – purchase the Economist survey

Lessons in Leadership: Perot Systems

I am a serious fan of the magazine, “Fast Company”. Its one of the best out there. There is a fantastic new book that is a selection of their choice of the top articles from the last ten years of
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The World We’re In

Here’s a great description of the “connection economy” from The Future Of Competition: co-creating a unique value with customers, by C K Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy (buy it at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net): A profound, but silent, transformation of our
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Book Summary: The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market

I found this in my archives. A great book, and important info for any business. The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market by Michael Treacy and Fred WiersemaAddison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1997 edition Buy

I write what I like

In our Mind the Gap framework we speak of how Xers cannot remember insitutionalised apartheid. I am one of them. Graeme posted earlier about the Youth Day public holiday on 16th June here in South African that commemorates the youth

Ethics, Integrity & Sacrifice in the Workplace

The modern day manager finds himself, or herself if you like, in the tumultuous torrent of demands, expectations, requirements, compliance and regulatory pressure. As a sub-text to this malaise, one finds the issues of ethics, integrity and sacrifice as additional

Managin the Quarterlife Crisis

Yes, it exists … and you thought life was tough through your mid-life crisis. The Quarterlife Crisis is an often misdiagnosed period in the life of 20- and 30-somethings when the sheer weight of lifes choices bear down on the
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Enviromental Advocacy is a good cause for retirees

I found an interesting article about people with skills, vision and passion ready to use their skills to help change society. To quote from the back of David Bornstein’s book called How to change the World we are challenged by
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Peer Pressure

When we think of peer pressure, we often think of teenagers. This is the lifestage when peer pressure is apparently most obvious. But anyone who has kids at school will know that Parent Peer Pressure is just as pervasive and
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Please Just F*ck Off, It’s Our Turn Now

I’m in Australia, doinga lot of generational work. I always try and pick up the latest local writing on generations, talent and management. Last time I was here, I got “What Was It All For” (see review here). This time,

Inter-generational Issues at The Adventure of Strategy

Rob Millard has a great blog on Strategy. He has recently added an entire category for inter-generational issues onto his blog. Check it out here (I think there is only one entry so far, pointing to a recent post of

The Toyota Way

Care of Barrie Bramley’s upcoming book review of the Toyota Way: ‘Is Toyota a conservative company? Yes. Does it seem to be very plodding and slow to make changes? Yes. Is it innovative? Remarkebly so. Go slow, build on the
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The Learning Organization

In 1990, Peter Senge wrote one of the most influential business books of all time. “The Fifth Discipline” revolutionised many companies’ approach to knowledge management, and introduced the business world to systems thinking in an accessible way. (Get it at
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Thinking for a Living

A book review of a book that is sitting on my reading list: Davenport’s “Thinking for a Living“. (Get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I’m really excited about reading this book soon.

Narrative: high concept and touch

Dan Pink, in his book, A Whole New Mind (get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net), captures nicely what relevance Story (which I prefer to call Narrative) has in our economy. In my own words: The information age was all about
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If it Ain’t Broke… Break it

In their book, “If It Ain’t Broke … Break It!” (Get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net), the authors, Louis Patler and Robert J. Kriegel, observed: “Not only is everything changing, but everything exists in relationship to something else that is
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Finishing Well – Boomers want to leave a legacy

I was recently recommended a book that sounds fantastic (its on my Christmas stocking filler list). Its “Finishing Well” by Bob Buford (Integrity Publishers, ISBN: 159145395X). (Purchase it online at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It is written from a Christian perspective,
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The World is Flat in Open Source

Social software (see http://www.tomorrowconnecting.biz for a full introduction) is the set of technologies allowing people to collaborate online. Wikis are online tools that allow any registered users to update, add or delete content in a document. All changes are tracked,

Google Book Search – Librarian Revolutionaries

I have just been playing around with Google’s online book search & it is awesome. They have indexed the actual content of millions of pages of books. When you run a search it actually returns the book to you. You
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The Bottom Half of the Pyramid

Michael Goldman, Lecturer in Marketing, Innovation and Strategy with the Gordon Institute of Business Science, wrote a brief piece about C K Prahalad’s concept of reaching the world’s poor in MarketingWeb. Read it here. The key is a radical rethink

Vote for your favourite business book

We’re taking a poll at our main website at the moment, on the most influential business book of our age. You can go http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz to check it out, and add your vote. The poll is down the right hand menu
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China’s Generation Y

I don’t often recommend a book before reading it myself, but this book has caught my eye, and I wanted you to know about it. I have ordered a copy, and will review it in detail in a few months’
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China's Generation Y

I don’t often recommend a book before reading it myself, but this book has caught my eye, and I wanted you to know about it. I have ordered a copy, and will review it in detail in a few months’

From our archives: HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

“Understanding the underlying forces that turn success into failure” The following thoughts are extracted from Jamshid Gharajedaghi’s book, Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos & Complexity (Pub. Butterworth-Heinemann. 1999) (buy it online at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). When the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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The Boomer tidal wave is about to hit old age

The Baby Boomers (born post-World War II and into the 1960s) have been a demographic tidal wave in every life stage they’ve entered so far in life. And now, they’re about to start retiring (or, at worst, re-tyring) and hit

What was it all for?

Anyone interested in generational theory in Australia would do well to get hold of “What Was It All For? The Reshaping of Australia” by Don Aitkin (Allen & Unwin, 2005, ISBN: 1-74114-667-4) (it isn’t available on Amazon, and I can’t
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The Wisdom of Crowds

When the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off on January 28, 1986 who would have known that, out of the 4 publically listed contractors to the shuttle, the Dow Jones market singled out the party responsible prior to any
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The remarkable Big Moo

You have often heard me rave about Seth Godin here and on the TomorrowConnecting blog. Seth is a widely admired and respected marketing guru and web commentator (I would highly recommend a visit to his blog). Seth recently launched The
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The Leadership Pipeline

As I left for an overseas trip, I rummaged through my bookcase of “books to be read” and selected the clean, white cover of The Leadership Pipeline, by James Noel, Stephen Drotter and Steven Drotter (Buy it at Amazon.com or
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Getting old @ 25!

Picked this up from DK’s (his website & blog) changethis manifesto on the Youth of Today: In their world technology is ubiquitous and not a differentiator (unless you don’t have a phone or access to a computer). However, technology is

Knowing what you're good at

(Yes, this is sort of about Jacques Kallis – for those who know cricket, or Jacques, see previous post on this issue). The Dilbert Principle refers to a 1990s satirical theory stating that companies should promote their worst employees to

Knowing what you’re good at

(Yes, this is sort of about Jacques Kallis – for those who know cricket, or Jacques, see previous post on this issue). The Dilbert Principle refers to a 1990s satirical theory stating that companies should promote their worst employees to
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Maverick – Ricardo Semler

After hearing my thoughts on HR in a Skype chat, a fellow ThinkSync member recommended that I get my hands on some of Semler’s work. The irony is that it has been sitting in front of me in my book

The Talent Myth – Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell in 2004 put together his manifesto on The TalentMyth (get it at www.changethis.com). It is a brief write-up on the work some Mckinsey consultants put together regarding “The War for Talent� that profiled numerous Big Cheese Co’s, one

Managing Talented People

I haven’t read this book, but the write ups look good. Its Managing Talented People, by Alan Robertson & Graham Abbey (Pearson, 2003) (Get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). Check out the great list of questions inspired by the book
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A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age

Every now & then a book comes out that corroborates certain facets of the TomorrowToday.biz message. Daniel H. Pink a former White House speech writer has recently released a book that he spent several years researching. The books deals with
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Dealing with BYTs in the office – lessons from parenthood

Here is a great book review by a good friend of mine. I wonder if we shouldn’t be looking more to parenthood and children (maybe especially teens) for some lessons on how to deal with the Bright Young Things in
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Dealing with BYTs in the office – lessons from parenthood

Here is a great book review by a good friend of mine. I wonder if we shouldn’t be looking more to parenthood and children (maybe especially teens) for some lessons on how to deal with the Bright Young Things in
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The one thing you need to know about Great Managing, Great Leading and Sustained Individual Success – by Marcus Buckingham

I’m a Marcus Buckingham fan, but then I’m generally a fan of anyone that thinks the same stuff I do, so I am about to start giving away copies of the book to all my colleagues. This book should not
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Leaders as hosts

Margaret Wheatley in Leadership and the New Science (but it from Amazon.com or Kalahari.net) puts it this way… “…in this day and age, when problems are increasingly complex, and there are simply no simple answers, and no longer is there

EVEolution

Tom Peters highly recommends the book, “EVEolution:The Eight Truths of Marketing to Women” by Faith Popcorn & Lys Marigold (buy it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). In his generic presentation on Re-Imagine, Peters extracts some key learnings for anyone who takes

Book Review on Cause Related Marketing – Who Cares Wins by Sue Adkins

I attended a breakfast this morning where Sue Adkins an international expert on Cause Related Marketing did a presentation . See more about her book at Kalahari.net or Amazon.com ISBN 0 7506 4481 8 What struck me was how technology
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Barbarians at the Gate

Once again I have been pulled out of bed by the inspirations of a book that is grabbing me. I’ve only just begun reading Barbarians at the Gate (buy it at Kalahari.net or Amazon.com) via a recommendation from a corporate

Take me with you

Take me with you – by Brad Newsham. Read it! (Buy it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net) This book review might seem a bit out of “left field” … because it’s got nothing to do with business, corporate policy or anything
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Good to Great: A review on absolutes

Walk into any (reputable) book store and you’re bound to find a stack of Jim Collins’ sequel to Built to Last entitled Good to Great (buy it at Kalahari.net or Amazon.com). One need only to look at the stock levels

Flight of the Creative Class

I read a book review this morning in Wired (click here for Wired Web site) on “Flight of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida (buy it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It got a so-so review, and I haven’t read the
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Stumbling Blocks as Stepping Stones?

During my daughter’s prize giving on Friday, one of the phrases that jumped out at me was “ The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how you use themâ€?. I was reading a magazine in a

Re-imagine! by Tom Peters

If you want to know what, in my opinion, makes a book great, then read the next 3 paragraphs. If not, skip them. There are a few qualities I look for in a book before I refer to it as

The Gamer Generation

I got this by email a few weeks ago. I have lost the original reference, but its a goodie. What kind of workers and managers will members of the “gamer generation” make? You’ll be surprised at the answer provided by
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Marcus Buckingham

In the past five years, Marcus Buckingham has burst on the leadership/management scene with a really distinctive voice and message. He now has three books – all worth reading (see detail here). I have not read his latest book yet

Crucial Conversations-Tools for talking when stakes are high

I attended a talk run by GIBS Forum on Thursday. The speaker was Ron McMillan and his subject was Crucial Conversations.This forum was so over booked that they moved it to a hotel at the last minute due to numbers

Organising the Future: The Individualized Corporation

The Future of the Organisation: A Compelling Vision Based on “The Individualized Corporation” (Random House, 1997), by Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher A.Bartlett Developed as a presentation,”Organising Your Future” for TomorrowToday.biz, see http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/orgfuture.
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The Design of Innovation

A new book (released today, not yet available online) from industrial design expert Craig Vogel says companies must continually adapt their products if they are to compete. Read an interview with the author at Inc.com’s blog here. Design is absolutely
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Good to Great

Good to Great and its predecessor, Built to Last are two of the best selling business books of all time. Built to Last is, in my opinion, a seriously dodgy book that purports to give timeless advice for building enduring
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The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence

I have been a fan of Dan Tapscott for years. He was one of the first authors to fully grasp the implications of the Internet technology, and has been writing about its potential and impact since the early 1990s. I

Corporate Creativity: How Innovation and Improvement Actually Happen

This book, by By Alan G. Robinson and Sam Stern, is highly recommended as a business text. Buy it at Amazon.com. It was reviewed by Stephen Baker, in BusinessWeek in 1997. Here is an edited version of his review (available

Confronting Reality: Doing What Matters to Get Things Right

This book, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, was one of the most highly recommended of 2004. Click here for Business Week’s review. I have ordered it, and will review it myself in a few weeks’ time. Buy it online

Democratising Innovation

To download a free e-book from MIT on Innovation goto this link Democratizing Innovation by Eric von Hippel Chapters are as follows 1 Introduction and Overview 2 Development of Products by Lead Users 3 Why Many Users Want Custom Products

50 Facts That Should Change the World

The book by this name, by Jessica Williams, (Buy it at Amazon.com) was published in 2004 (Sep) – you should not be able to read these facts and stay the same. How you choose to respond is up to you

Predictable Surprises

The Futurist in February reviewed the book, “Predictable Surprises” (2004) by Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins (buy it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It is designed to help us see when we should be able to expect unpleasant surprises,

The Power of Connection

By engaging with the reality of the emerging Connection economy the signature tune is that of connection: in other words ‘relationships’. Here is just one more story of that power at work – a story that if you are in

Extrapreneurs: Crossing Generations for Disruptive Innovation

The attached article appeared in issue #596 of Innovative Leader, Volume 13, Number 3 March 2004. It is a review and application of Christensen’s book on innovation, The Innovator’s Dilemma, and encourages companies to get different generations working together in

Cultural Intelligence: Individual Interactions Across Cultures

Earley, P.C. and Soon Ang. (2003). Cultural Intelligence: Individual Interactions Across Cultures. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP. Reviewed by Dave Livermore, and sent to Graeme Codrington by email.

The Art of Crossing Cultures

A summary of The Art of Crossing Cultures, by Craig Storti, Intercultural Press, Maine, 1990. Complied by Mark Tittley in August 2000, as emailed to Graeme Codrington.

The Clash of Civilizations

Huntington, Samuel. (1996). The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon and Schuster. reviewed by Sharlene Swartz, as sent in an email to Graeme Codrington on 7 Nov, 2001

Built to Last, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras

3rd edition, Random House, 2000, ISBN: 0-7126-6968-X Reviewed by Graeme Codrington This is the best selling business book of all time. It beats its prequel, “Good to Great” into second place, and Who Moved My Cheese into third. But is